Neighbors Call for Tree Trimming Changes After Storms

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

KANAWHA CITY, W.Va (WSAZ) -- Fred Combs is left dealing with disaster after storms sent a tree crashing down on his Kanawha City home.

Now, he's cleaning up a major mess that most of his neighbors share after Thursday's harsh weather.

"This is the third house that trees fell on," he said. "So apparently there's a problem."

And neighbors say the problem can be trimmed down to a method of tree maintenance.

They say city workers cut off branches near the road, but don't touch limbs on the other side of the trees facing their homes.

"It leaves more foliage and more heaviness on the side toward the houses," Combs said. "So with the wind blowing the trees, it's more apt to fall on the houses."

Now they're calling for a switch in the system before someone else loses a home - or even worse, a life.

"Thank goodness no one was in there," neighbor Con Larrabee said. "If [Fred's] grandchildren had been in the back room, they'd have been killed."

City officials told they've hired a forestry expert to evaluate the neighborhood and make recommendations.

There's no word yet on when that visit will take place.

Several trees were also knocked down in Kanawha City last year during the June derecho. Some of them also destroyed houses.

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